Man stabbed over laundry

A 49-year-old man has been arrested and is being detained at the Rabie Ridge police station, after he stabbed another man in the neck. According to Sergeant Joyce Setshedi, communication officer at the Rabie Ridge police station, two tenants of Kanana were arguing about their laundry when the incident happened. The suspect stabbed the man in the right side of his neck and he died instantly, Setshedi said. “While the deceased was busy washing his clothes, an argument ensued between the suspect and the victim,” Setshedi said. The man wasRead More

Some Western Cape police members are gangsters: top cop

Some Western Cape police officers have sided with gangsters and other criminals, provincial police commissioner Arno Lamoer said on Wednesday. He told the Cape Town Press Club that 87 officers were arrested in the last financial year alone for corrupt activities such as selling drugs to gangsters and participating in armed robberies. Of these, 20 had been dismissed. The rest were still involved in criminal procedures. “We also know that some of our police officers hire their guns out to people to commit crimes,” Lamoer said.

Fiancé assaulted during house robbery

Three suspects robbed a home in Van Riebeeck Road, Glen Austin, armed with a crowbar and a firearm. According to Constable Matome Tlamela, communications officer at the Midrand police station, a woman and her fiancé woke up at 3.45am after hearing a noise. Tlamela said the woman looked out her window and saw three men shining a cellphone light on the house. “Suddenly three suspects kicked down the door and entered the house,” said Tlamela.

Woman tied-up during robbery

A woman was hit over the head with a firearm and her hands and feet bound with cable ties during a home invasion in Trichard Street, President Park, on 23 September. “The two suspects took a 47-inch television, a safe and a necklace and left shortly after.” “Axon Security guards assisted the woman and checked the property was safe before leaving. They found the stolen television and safe lying on the ground.”

Fighting Crime according to Zapiro

Police’s 10111 call fiasco

Nearly 60 percent of the crimes reported to SAPS 10111 call centres don’t get properly registered. And because of that they don’t get investigated. Auditor-General Terence Nombembe discovered this latest scandal to hit the national emergency police line during his annual audit. He also found that the SAPS’s claims for its performance in visible policing could not be verified because of a lack of administrative control. His findings are contained in the SAPS annual report for 2011/12 that was tabled in Parliament on Friday.

Crime ‘down’, fear isn’t

Criminals are tightening their grip on the nation, leaving parents too afraid to let their children play on the streets or walk to school. Though crime statistics released last week indicate a decrease in most crimes – a decline which policing experts deemed questionable – the Victims of Crime Survey paints a very different and very bleak picture. The survey, conducted by Statistics South Africa between January and December last year, reveals a nation gripped by fear. While Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa was dismissive of the public’s lack of faithRead More

5000 complain about cops

Nearly 5000 criminal and misconduct cases against the police were reported to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate in the last financial year. This was revealed yesterday with the tabling of the directorate’s annual report in parliament. The report showed that of the 4923 cases against police, 720 related to deaths in custody and through police action, 2 320 were alleged criminal offences, 88 were for non-compliance with the Domestic Violence Act and 1795 involved allegations of misconduct.

SANDF in big trouble

The SA National Defence Force is on the verge of collapse. With dwindling budgets, an exodus of highly-skilled technical staff and reduced spending on training and equipment, the defence force – according to military experts – can barely meet its constitutional obligations. Increasing international demands and frequent internal deployments – such as the recent presidential announcement of the deployment of hundreds of troops on crime fighting operations over the next four months – is putting further strain on the already overstretched armed services.

Guard tied up with shoe laces during robbery

A security guard was robbed by four men, two with firearms, on 14 September. According to Constable Matome Tlamela, communications officer at the Midrand police station, the security officer was busy with his guard duties at a company on Dale Road, when he was surprised by the four men. “The complainant was ordered to lie down and was tied up with shoe laces,” said Tlamela. Tlamela said the suspects searched the security officer and took his cellphone, the remote control for the gate and proceeded into the building where theyRead More

2012 South African Crime Stats

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The “resounding” successes of crime stats were immediately shot down by experts.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa painted a rosy picture yesterday of the war against crime, but the “resounding” successes of his charges were immediately shot down by experts. Flanked by police top brass – including national commissioner Riah Phiyega – Mthethwa explained that all serious and violent crimes had declined by 3.5% . He said murder dropped by 3.1%, hijackings by 11.9%, sexual offences by 3.7% and robberies with aggravating circumstances by 1.4%. Despite this “victory”, the Presidency yesterday announced the deployment of the army across the country over the nextRead More

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